Killing bed bugs in the cold and snow

by Tommy Underhill, GreenTech Heat
March 15, 2018


You may wonder why I included the bed bug photo of this red truck in this post. I oversaw cold-weather heat treatment development testing several years ago during a typical upstate New York January. I recall there being several feet of snow on the ground and it had snowed overnight. That day’s high was 18°F. We had loaded an uninsulated moving truck the day before, and the contents were cold. The icicles dripping from the truck were due to the snow melting from the roof of the truck while heat treating the contents. I know the GreenTech Heat process is effective in the cold.

Historically, reports of bed bug activity tend to quiet down during the Winter months. Bed bugs typically do not slow down feeding— they’re just as opportunistic feeders as during warmer parts of the year— humans tend to travel less and therefore transport fewer hitchhiking bed bugs.



Cold-weather bed bug heat treatment tips

I’ve put together a list of techniques to provide better results when eradicating bed bugs with heat during the colder months:



Empirical measurements guarantee results

It is possible to achieve a 100% bed bug kill in any weather, regardless of starting temperatures and external ambient temperatures. As with any other insect heat treatment, there is only one mandatory criteria for a successful treatment: achieving lethal temperatures for the required time duration. Measure temperatures and log times and know when all the bed bugs, other insects, and their eggs in the treatment area are dead.

Call us at 513-604-6332 and let us help you eradicate and eliminate bed bugs from your home, rental property, or business. We offer both emergency bed bug services and general pest control.

 


Don’t take our word for it

Read more reviews for TRS Extermination on GoogleWe are extremely pleased with TRS. They went above and beyond to make us feel comfortable and confident everything would be ok and now it is! We are so happy to have found them and have everything done in one day!!! We don’t have to worry anymore! Highly recommend them! Thank you TRS!!!!

Syd B
5 Stars: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
June 14, 2018

 

Pest Control Mistakes to Avoid

May 5, 2020
Pest Control Exterminator Spraying Down Carpet

If you spot bed bugs in your carpet, you may panic. These tiny, fast-moving, blood-sucking bugs spread quickly, so it’s reasonable to be alarmed. Read more

Pest Control Mistakes to Avoid

April 21, 2020
Bedbug exterminator

Using pesticides indiscriminately: Don’t apply poisonous substances without following the product directions closely. You can actually harm yourself, your family, and especially any pets on your property. Read more

March 2, 2020  How Effective Is Heat Treatment for Bed Bugs in Cincinnati?

February 28, 2020  Are Bed Bugs Gone After Extermination?

February 25, 2020  How to Avoid Bed Bugs When Traveling

January 20, 2020  How Do Professionals Get Rid of Ants?

January 3, 2020  You don’t have to live with bed bugs

December 3, 2019  Bed bugs don’t take holidays... unless they’re traveling to eat you!

November 22, 2019  A time for giving thanks

November 15, 2019  Heat disinfects and works harder than pesticides

November 7, 2019  Bed bug questions and answers

November 1, 2019  Tips for a better bed bug heat treatment

October 21, 2019  “I’ve been spraying, but I still get bit!”

October 9, 2019  Halloween bed bugs are around the corner

September 26, 2019  The real reason why we exterminate bed bugs

September 21, 2019  Tips to avoid bed bugs when traveling

September 14, 2019  Touched by a bug

September 7, 2019  The Unfair Burden of Bed Bug Policies?

September 1, 2019  Heat Can Help After a Flood

August 21, 2019  Back to School? Be Bedbug Aware

August 16, 2019  Top 10 Bed Bug Infested Cities

August 13, 2019  5 Natural Ways to Defeat Allergies

August 8, 2019  Bed Bugs Claims Climbing Insurance Charts

July 31, 2019  Leave Electronics in the Heat Treatment Area

July 23, 2019  According to the EPA, These Top Industries Should Have Bed Bugs on the Mind

July 18, 2019  More than Just Bed Bugs: 5 Benefits of Heat Treating Your Home

July 3, 2019  5 Bed Bug Hot Spots (not your hotel!)

July 1, 2019  Fact or Fiction? 5 Common Bed Bug Myths

June 11, 2019  Do Essential Oils Prevent Bed Bugs?

June 3, 2019  Travel Clean: 6 Tips for Avoiding Hotel Bed Bugs

April 17, 2019  What are these black, winged insects flying around my home?

March 7, 2019  Bed bugs continue to cost hotels dearly

February 18, 2019  Eliminate all sorts of odors with heat

January 4, 2019  People Call Them Bed Bugs

January 11, 2019  Why choose a heat treatment to kill bed bugs?

November 17, 2018  Holiday travel brings people and bed bugs together

October 17, 2018  Heat tents fall short when treating bed bugs

September 21, 2018  Mistakes people make when they discover bed bugs

August 17, 2018  The Chemical Challenge

April 25, 2018  I found bed bugs in my hotel room

March 15, 2018  Killing bed bugs in the cold and snow

February 24, 2018  The EPA’s Top Ten Tips for Dealing with Bed Bugs